Do you enjoy reading books with your kids? Or do you sometimes find the language tedious and the illustrations to be sub-par? Books for pre-schoolers need to be fun, bright, but also sneakily educational! I haven’t been excited about kids books, as much as I am about the books in today’s post in a long time. I know I harp on and on about reading to your kids, with your kids, etc. In 2020, with kids being glued to You Tube, it’s more important than ever to encourage reading. There’s also nothing better than a fun, enjoyable book, that is also educational for your pre-schooler! With so many books to choose from though, we want the best recommendations..for the best preschool books. Help is here….because today I’m going to share with you our current favourite best preschool books in rotation on our bookshelf!
Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr Seuss
“Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-Am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently. With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, Dr. Seuss’s beloved favorite has cemented its place as a children’s classic. In this most famous of cumulative tales, the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham, and friends to enjoy them with, gets longer and longer. Follow Sam-I-am as he insists that this unusual treat is indeed a delectable snack to be savored everywhere and in every way. Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.
I’m going to shock you now and confess that I have NEVER read a Dr Seuss book with my kids. I know they are well loved and very popular across the globe….but I didn’t grasp exactly why. We received the 60th anniversary edition last week, and Adam will not put it down! We read it last thing at night, and first thing in the morning.
So not only is the book illustrated well, and easy for object identification, there’s a real learning element to this book. As we read and read, I realised it became a bit of a game as I’d try to get Adam to guess ‘mouse’ after ‘house’….. ‘fox’, after ‘box’. After 2 days I was able to stop reading and he could finish the sentence, which is great for improving memorisation skills. This is why this is my number 1 recommendation for best preschool books for your preschooler;)
I don’t know, I may enjoy this one more than Adam, because I LOVE reading this and the rhymes and the dramatic questions. Would you eat this in a box??? I have gone over to the dark side…I want them all, and I’m happy that Adam has already asked for the other books by Dr Seuss.
Lion Lessons, by Jon Agee
With the wit and read-aloud appeal of Peter Brown’s Children Make Terrible Pets and William Steig’s Pete’s a Pizza, this funny, fierce picture book teaches kids just what it takes to be a great lion There are seven steps to becoming a proper lion, including Looking Fierce, Roaring, Prowling Around, and Pouncing. Our young hero, a rather meek and scrawny human boy, does his best to learn the necessary skills during his training with a master instructor (who just happens to be a real lion). After a grueling set of lessons, the boy discovers that that the final step—Looking Out for Your Friends—is the most important of all. That’s how any kid can earn his lion diploma (not to mention the affection of every cat in town).
So not far behind for the accolade of ‘best preschool books’ is Lion Lessons, an amazing addition to your kid’s bookshelf!
Which kid does now want to be a lion? By following the 7 easy steps in ‘Lion Lessons’, your kid will be well on their way to graduation from Lion School 😉 This is another very cute book, with easy dialogue and gorgeous illustrations. What this book assists with is helping your child listen and role play. There are some great lion yoga poses you could do together! There’s also the various actions the little lion has to do to earn their diploma. I made Adam growl and roar and pounce and crawl…. This was a lot of fun and cute for my boys to do together as they try to out-lion each other.
Role play is good for stimulating imagination and creativity, so this is another winner!
Hello, Mr Whale, by Sam Boughton
Little ones will love saying ‘hello’ to a whole host of friendly undersea animals in this delightful lift-the-flap book. Sam Boughton’s vibrant illustrations bring facts to life with deft humour and memorable comparisons. With big flaps to lift and a fantastic double gatefold on the last spread, this book is sure to go down a storm with young readers.
Flap books are always going to be a hit with preschoolers….and even Joshua loves flipping through this one. Besides being cute and interactive, this one is also really educational! I may be outing my low IQ here, but I had no idea male seahorses got pregnant. There are interesting fact on what whales eat, and how jelly fish have no bones, or a brain for that matter! Who is a carnivore, an omnivore, etc. Hello, Mr Whale would be educational for a kid from aged 2, all the way up to older folk like me, who apparently know nothing about sea creatures! lol
I can assure you that your pre-schooler and even mid-school aged kids would really enjoy any of these books! These would make lovely, fun, but also educational book gifts for any preschooler that you know. There’s a reason I’ve dubbed them ‘the best preschool books ‘.
Most of these books are available from Takealot.com as well as leading book retailers.
Disclaimer: These books were sent to me by Jonathan Ball Publishers in exchange for an honest review.